Commercial

  • May 03, 2024

    Brothers Accuse Cos. Of Mishandling $1.1M EB-5 Investments

    Two brothers from India sued companies behind a combination residential-resort project they invested in under the EB-5 investor visa program, telling a Florida federal court that their green card petitions were denied because the companies mishandled their $1.1 million investment.

  • May 03, 2024

    Akerman Hires Miami-Dade Atty As Chair Of Land Use Team

    Akerman LLP hired Dennis A. Kerbel, a veteran Miami-Dade County, Florida, government attorney, as the new chair of its land use and entitlements team in its Miami office, the firm announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Debevoise, Davis Polk Guide Windstream, Uniti Merger

    Uniti Group Inc., advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, on Friday unveiled plans to merge with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP-led telephone service company Windstream Holdings II LLC in a deal that includes a $425 million cash component, $575 million in preferred equity and a minority share in common equity of the combined company.

  • May 03, 2024

    Terreno Realty Buys $364.5M Industrial Portfolio

    San Francisco-based Terreno Realty Corp. said Friday that it has purchased a portfolio of industrial properties in New York City, northern New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles for $364.5 million.

  • May 02, 2024

    Over $2.6B In Dirty Money Hidden In Commercial Real Estate

    The U.S. has seen at least $2.6 billion of commercial properties used in known money laundering cases over the last two decades, a figure that is likely below the reality and demonstrative of gaps that may exist in federal financial crimes policy, according to a report.

  • May 02, 2024

    Host Hotels Pays $530M To Buy 2 Tenn. Hotels

    Hospitality-focused real estate investment trust Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. told investors that it purchased a two-hotel Nashville, Tennessee, complex for $530 million in cash.

  • May 02, 2024

    Las Vegas A Bright Spot In A Bleak Quarter, Per VICI

    Real estate investment trusts across the board underperformed the broader market in the first quarter of 2021, and VICI Properties Inc. was no exception, executives said May 2, while noting gaming assets in Las Vegas proved to be an exception.

  • May 02, 2024

    Activist Files New Proxy Fight In REIT Takeover Attempt

    Activist investor Blackwells Capital LLC continued its campaign against hospitality executive Monty J. Bennett by separately urging shareholders of Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. and an advisory firm that Bennett controls to approve a board shake-up during upcoming annual meetings.

  • May 02, 2024

    Kushner-Owned Co. Owes $15M For Scrapped Apartment Deal

    A New Jersey appeals panel has ordered a company owned by Kushner Cos. LLC to pay $15 million to real estate sellers in a $186 million deal that fell apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 02, 2024

    REIT Closes $132M Sale Of 3 Office Properties

    Net Lease Office Properties has sold three office buildings separately located in Illinois, Tennessee and Norway for $131.6 million in total in March and April, the real estate investment trust announced May 2.

  • May 02, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Adds Real Estate Partner In NY

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said on May 2 that it has hired Aron M. Zuckerman, an attorney with experience advising lenders in financing real estate projects, as a partner in its New York office.

  • May 02, 2024

    DLA Piper Investment Funds Leader Joins Willkie In Chicago

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has announced that the former co-head of DLA Piper's investment funds practice joined the firm's asset management group as a partner in its Chicago office. 

  • May 02, 2024

    Walker & Dunlop Wraps Up $155M Refi For Historic NYC Hotel

    Walker & Dunlop Inc. closed a $155 million refinancing for a joint venture that owns New York City's historic 28-story Lexington Hotel, the commercial real estate finance and advisory firm announced May 2.

  • May 02, 2024

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Kirkland, Neal Gerber and Forchelli Deegan are among the law firms that have made recent real estate or construction hires.

  • May 02, 2024

    New DC Stadium A Step Closer With RFK Demolition Approved

    RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., has been cleared for demolition by the National Park Service, another step forward in the city's attempt to build a new stadium to lure back the NFL's Washington Commanders.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ex-State Dept. Adviser To Co-Lead Klasko's Investor Visa Team

    A former U.S. Department of State attorney-adviser has left government service to co-lead Klasko Immigration Law Partners' EB-5 regional center and developer practice, the firm recently announced.

  • May 01, 2024

    Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Guide Blackstone's Fla. Hotel Buy

    A Blackstone entity has purchased a 346-room Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hotel from an affiliate of The Related Cos. LP, in a deal advised by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP, according to public records.

  • May 01, 2024

    99 Cents Pursues $2.5M Store Leases Sale To Dollar Tree

    Discount retail chain 99 Cents Only urged a Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday to let it accept a $2.5 million offer from Dollar Tree to potentially take over the debtor's leases at 58 recently closed stores, as it works to quickly wind down in Chapter 11.

  • May 01, 2024

    Clean Energy Manufacturer Plans $400M Va. Factory

    Global clean energy manufacturer Topsoe will invest over $400 million to build a factory in Virginia's Chesterfield County, the state's Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced May 1.

  • May 01, 2024

    Construction Spending Down In March, Census Bureau Says

    National construction spending was down slightly between February and March, falling 0.2% to just more than $2.083 billion, which is still nearly 9.6% higher than this time last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Venues Ask 2nd Circ. For Cover From NYC XXX Rules

    A group of adult entertainment companies told the Second Circuit that a New York judge overlooked free speech harms and procedural hurdles in upholding a set of 2001 rules limiting where they can do business.

  • May 01, 2024

    NJ Atty Fights 'Hare-Brained' Malpractice Claims In RE Dispute

    A suspended New Jersey attorney is seeking summary judgment and sanctions for a "hare-brained" attempt by Chaitman LLP to mount a third-party complaint holding him liable for allegedly providing bad legal advice that prompted a malpractice case between Chaitman and former clients.

  • May 01, 2024

    DLA Piper Adds Ex-Sidley Atty To New Funds Team

    DLA Piper on Tuesday announced another addition to its newly formed stand-alone investment funds group, this time a former Sidley Austin LLP partner focused on advising private funds sponsors.

  • May 01, 2024

    Public Storage Sees Signs Of Growth Amid Slowdown

    Public Storage executives said Wednesday that they are seeing some revenue growth in certain markets and expressed optimism about the second half of the year, while the company continues facing a comedown from its record-high performance during the pandemic.

  • May 01, 2024

    Tax Credit Transfer Regs Show IRS Caution In Rulemaking

    The IRS and Treasury's final rules on the sale and transfer of green energy credits maintained a strict reading of the statute while making few changes, a sign of caution by regulators amid judicial scrutiny of the government's rulemaking authority.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Avoid A Zombie Office Building Apocalypse

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    With national office vacancy rates approaching 20%, policymakers, investors and developers will need to come together in order to prevent this troubling trend from sucking the life out of business districts or contaminating the broader real estate market, say Ryan Sommers and Robyn Minter Smyers at Thompson Hine.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • A Clearer Path To Speedy Guaranty Litigation In NY Courts

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    Recent cases indicate that New York's Appellate Division, First Department, is shifting its stance regarding when agreements with both monetary and nonmonetary obligations qualify for expedited litigation, and highlight best practices for drafting guarantees and notes, say Joshua Kopelowitz and Bansari Sheth at Fox Rothschild.

  • LA's High-Value Real Estate Transfer Tax Should Be Scrapped

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    Los Angeles’ recently implemented high-value property transfer tax has chilled the real estate market, is failing to meet revenue expectations and raises significant constitutional concerns, making it a flawed piece of legislation that should be invalidated, says attorney Paul Weinberg.

  • High Court Ruling Provides New Avenue For Foreign Plaintiffs

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Yegiazaryan v. Smagin offers a new path for foreign plaintiffs attempting to enforce arbitral awards in the U.S., but it also leaves the standard for such attempts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act unsettled, say attorneys at Wiley.

  • Justices' Corruption Ruling May Shift DOJ Bank Fraud Tactics

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month in Ciminelli v. U.S., curtailing a government theory of wire fraud liability, prosecutors may need to reconsider their approach to the bank fraud statute, particularly when it comes to foreign bank enforcement, says Brian Kearney at Ballard Spahr.

  • Avoiding Negative Tax Consequences In Loan Modifications

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    Borrowers who may be caught in the dramatic uptick in nonperforming commercial real estate loans should consider strategies to avoid income and capital gains tax that may be triggered by loan modifications, says Aman Badyal at Glaser Weil.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

  • Foreign Investment In Real Estate Is Getting More Complicated

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    Increasing federal scrutiny and a proliferation of new state laws targeting foreign investment in real estate may complicate or prevent transactions even by U.S. companies or funds that have shareholders or limited partners from China and other countries of concern, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Virginia 'Rocket Docket' Slowdown Is Likely A Blip

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    After being the fastest or second-fastest federal civil trial court for 14 straight years, the Eastern District of Virginia has slid to 18th place, but the rocket docket’s statistical tumble doesn't mean the district no longer maintains a speedy civil docket, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Aids Insureds In Contractual Exclusion Rows

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent insurance decision in Windermere Oaks v. Allied World, in favor of coverage, provides policyholders with guidance on how to distinguish between contractual and noncontractual claims when insurers deploy broadly worded liability exclusions to deny coverage, say Max Louik and David Ledet at Reed Smith.

  • What OneMain Order Says About CFPB's Regulatory Priorities

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent action against OneMain Financial Group and others reflect a continuing trend of arguably historic regulatory scrutiny for consumer lenders, and send a strong message that the CFPB is taking a tough stance against deceptive sales practices, say Felix Shipkevich and Jessica Livingston at Shipkevich.